Technical Division Innovative Project Grant (IPG) Program

IPG Purpose and Goals

The ACS Divisional Activities Committee (DAC) funds new Division projects through Technical Division Innovative Project Grants (IPGs). This program encourages Technical Divisions to conceive of and implement innovative projects to strengthen the functioning of the Division.

Proposed innovative projects must:

  1. be new to the applying Division (intended to “seed” new ideas)
  2. stimulate Division member involvement; and
  3. be pilot projects for a continuing Division activity, or else take advantage of a unique upcoming opportunity for the Division.

Projects that support interaction with other ACS local sections, ACS Divisions, ACS committees, ACS international student chapters, other professional associations, or community groups are especially encouraged, as are programs that foster inclusiveness and participation of diverse Division membership.

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Funding Guidelines

Divisions may be awarded funding for up to two projects totaling up to $12,500 in a calendar year, and may have no more than two active proposals during any one review cycle. The maximum funding per project is $7,500. DAC may, at its discretion, reserve up to 10% of available funds to support Division programs related to thematic programming. DAC reviews IPG proposals in two cycles each year.

  • Funds must be used to support the proposed Division projects and should be expended within a 1-2 year time period.
  • No matching funds are required, but Divisions should include a list of other funding sources being considered.

Joint Projects

Proposals for joint projects are permitted but must include signed letters from each participating division.  Funding will be split evenly between divisions unless otherwise specified in the proposal. A joint-division application with identical proposals will be limited to funding of $12,500 split evenly between the two Divisions.

Funding Restrictions

There are some restrictions on IPG funding. Specifically, funds from the IPG program may not be used for:

  • Honoraria, cash awards, or for creating endowments.
  • Events/projects that have taken place prior to the proposal deadline.
  • Continuing an existing program or project in the Division.
  • Travel and registration requests to non-ACS meetings.
  • Contemporaneous events with the meeting where the funding decision is made.

IPG Activity Ideas

IPG events can focus on one or more of the following strategies:

  • Public outreach and awareness initiatives (such as effective demonstrations or displays)
  • Young scientist recruiting
  • Webcasting
  • Divisional awards (no cash awards)
  • Increasing minority participation in Divisional activities
  • Increasing participation in regional meetings
  • Joint programming with outside Society organizations that is co-sponsored with ACS
  • Intra Society collaborations (e.g. Division and local sections)
  • Joint academic/industrial/government participation
  • Value-added initiatives to enhance Division membership
  • Divisional programs related to thematic and/or multidisciplinary programming
  • Divisional strategic planning

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Deadline for Proposals: February 1 and July 1

The submission deadlines are February 1 (Spring round) and July 1 (Fall round), and these dates are consistent from year to year. Proposals submitted by February 1 will be reviewed at the Spring ACS National Meeting, and may be awarded, denied, or deferred. Funds for the awarded proposals will be transferred to the Division treasuries no later than May 1. Spring proposals may be deferred until the Fall to maximize resources if the proposed activities will occur well after the Fall ACS National Meeting, or if clarification is desired. Denials are effective for the remainder of the calendar year; for example, a proposal denied during the Spring cycle cannot be resubmitted until the following calendar year.

Proposals submitted between February 2 and July 1 will be considered during the Fall review cycle, and will be either funded or denied. Funds for the accepted proposals will be transferred to the Division treasuries no later than December 31.

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IPG Application Procedures

The IPG proposal may be submitted by any member of the applying Division, but must be accompanied by a letter of support from the current Division chair.

The IPG application form details the requirements, which include:

  • Appropriate contact names and information for the review timeframe, as the announcement of the recipients may span Division officer terms.
  • Project’s goal, innovative aspects, background, outline, and detailed budget, which should justify the funding amount requested.
  • Also required are:
    • Signed letter of support from the current Division Chair (or Executive Committee member if the Chair is the project contact).
    • Signed letters of support from co-sponsoring Divisions, local sections, committees, or other community groups, if applicable.
  • All proposals accompanied by letters of support received by the due date will be given DAC's full consideration.
  • Proposals will not be considered if the Division’s previous Annual Reports are delinquent.
  • Divisions that are recipients of these funds are required to submit a short report on the use of the funds and the effectiveness of the completed project. A status or final report on any previous year’s funding must be submitted before any new funding for a subsequent year will be considered.

Past IPG Successes

Innovative Project Grants are funded by the Divisional Activities Committee to experiment with new ideas and approaches to engaging members. Every division that receives an IPG files a report on their activity and the outcomes.
If you are contemplating submitting a grant proposal or writing a final report, please review the following examples of successful events and reporting.

  • MEDI:  Medicinal Chemistry India 2013
  • ENVR:  Intersociety Initiative
  • PROF:  Out to innovate
  • AGFD:  Cajun Cooking
  • CELL:  Egg Food Safety

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IPG Forms and Resources

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